Former Patriots Dog Found Dead Inside Trainer's Closet

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-MA) -- The mystery of what happened to former New England Patriot player Jerod Mayo's-- dog has been solved with tragic results.

5-year-old bulldog -- Knox -- was found dead inside a dog trainer's home in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Trainer Amelia Ferreira originally reported the dog missing after taking him on a walk at the end of June. 

Dr. E.J. Finocchio from the Rhode Island society for prevention of cruelty to animals says Ferreira confessed last night that Knox had died and his body was in her home. 

An investigator went to the house and found the dog inside a closet in a trash bag.

Unfortunately, the answers we prayed for regarding Knox aren’t ones we were ready to face. Knowing what we know now about @offleashk9trainingprov @offleashk9training we mentally explored every outcome possible and the reality is we were right. Knox has passed and his BODY WAS FOUND IN THE HOME OF THE OFFLEASH TRAINER. IT’s disgusting and inhumane that a company full of “dog lovers” would hide a family pet IN A CLOSET FOR TWO MONTHS and compulsively lie and send us on a wild goose hunt and our kids on an emotional rollercoaster. Staging him running away, him being stolen, even him drowning having us knocking on doors sending us false leads as we searched two states. We’ve hired scuba teams, private investigators, lawyers and more when they knew they HAD HIM IN THEIR HOME IN A TRASH BAG tucked away the whole two months. Yeah A TRASH BAG! We raised Knox like our child as you guys can see from our photos and those of you who know us. It hurts to have to accept that our beloved Knox was thought of as trash as they saw our family hurting. Currently all that these people are facing is obstruction. Not animal cruelty🤦🏾‍♀️ or filing false police reports or for plain ole tossing someone’s family member in a trash bag and storing it! From the Mayo family, we want to thank all of the people who spent countless hours looking for Knox. To our social media family, thank you for posting every day. We still have work to do.....we need to bring awareness to this problem so it never happens again. This is just getting started #repost #justice4knox #knoxmayo #offleashk9training #olk9training #olk9ri #offleashk9 #ripknox

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Ferreira is facing charges of obstruction - for concealing evidence related to the investigation. No word on what may have killed Knox --- But Ferreira could face more charges pending a full investigation.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

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